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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is Out Now

    Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is Out Now

    The latest from Ubisoft is here and it's mediocre.

    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is now available to everyone. While some players were able to play a few days ago, those that did not spring for the more pricey versions had to wait until today.

    Players are now free to explore the fictional land of Auroa on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Up to four players can join forces to take down Lt. Col. Cole D. Walker (Jon Bernthal) and his group of Wolves. Wolves in...
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  • Call of Duty: Mobile Surpasses 35 Million Downloads

    Call of Duty: Mobile Surpasses 35 Million Downloads

    Not bad for a game released three days ago.

    Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Mobile has surpassed 35 million downloads across iOS and Android devices. According to the publisher, this game has been downloaded faster than any other first-person or third-person mobile action game. Of course, this factoid is based off of Activision's own internal estimates.

    Still, Call of Duty: Mobile was released on October 1, a mere three days ago. To have already hit 35 million...
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  • The Tiny Bang Story is Out Now on Nintendo Switch

    The Tiny Bang Story is Out Now on Nintendo Switch

    Solve puzzles in order to save a tiny planet.

    Ellada Games and developer Colibri Games just released The Tiny Bang Story today on the Nintendo Switch. This game tasks you with solving a bunch of puzzles, exploring, and trying to restore Tiny Planet after a meteor broke it into numerous puzzle-shaped pieces.

    The visuals are hand-drawn and have a certain charm to them. The game is being sold for just $9.99 (USD) for the Nintendo Switch. I don't know how long this game is...
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  • Gaming Projectors vs Home Theater Units

    Gaming Projectors vs Home Theater Units

    The family room is no longer just a place where the family gathers to watch television or movies. Now, parents and children alike use the family room as a place to play video games. Statistics show that in the United States more than 150 million Americans play video games.

    A mistake that some families make is setting up their family room without taking video game playing into consideration. This is especially true when talking about their selection of projectors.

    But you...
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  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Heads to PC in November, Steam in December

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Heads to PC in November, Steam in December

    Rockstar's latest is confirmed to get a PC release very soon.

    Rockstar Games announced today that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to the PC starting on November 5, 2019. There are some, let's just call them interesting, stipulations here as they apply to the pre-order periods for this game and the platforms that will be available.

    First off, you can pre-order the game from October 9 through October 22 via the Rockstar Games Launcher to get a limited time offer. This offer...
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  • Epic Responds to Complaints About Fortnite Cross-Platform Play

    Epic Responds to Complaints About Fortnite Cross-Platform Play

    Developer will continue with their plans despite fan complaints.

    Cross-platform play seems to be all the rage these days and it's only going to keep gaining support as time goes on. However, it seems as though some fans of the still popular battle royale game, Fortnite, aren't too keen on the idea.

    A recent change to the game introduced skill-based matchmaking. This is a system that tries to put players of similar skill together in the same match. Players noticed that...
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  • Death Stranding 'The Drop' Trailer

    Death Stranding 'The Drop' Trailer

    A new Death Stranding promotional trailer is out.

    There is a new, short promo trailer out today for Death Stranding. Watch as Sam Porter Bridges tries to reconnect a broken nation. Maybe he'll use bridges to do this. Bridges that will help him to transport his deliveries. Maybe he'll eventually get to make portals that help him to bridge together large distances.

    Only the most subtle of symbolism from Hideo Kojima.

    Death Stranding is out on November 8, 2019 for the PlayStation 4. ...
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  • Randy Pitchford, Gearbox, and Their Former Lawyer Drop Lawsuits

    Randy Pitchford, Gearbox, and Their Former Lawyer Drop Lawsuits

    All parties resolve "misunderstandings" as evidence exonerates Randy Pitchford.

    If you need to get up to speed on what is going on here, I suggest you check out the previous update from August where we go over the events of this long legal battle between Gearbox, Randy Pitchford, and Gearbox's former lawyer, Wade Callender. In short, Pitchford and Callender were suing each other over various grievances. Everyone involved came off as incredibly scummy in their own way. Like...
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  • Neo Cab is Now Available

    Neo Cab is Now Available

    Drive a cab, meet people, and find your missing friend.

    Neo Cab, the narrative adventure game from Fellow Traveller and Chance Agency, is now available for the PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch.

    You play Lina, a cab driver trying to stay human in an AI driven world. You will encounter a wide variety of characters as you try to balance your personal well-being, while remaining employed, while also trying to find your missing friend. Simple, right?

    The devs are calling...
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  • New WWE 2K20 Trailer - Step Inside

    New WWE 2K20 Trailer - Step Inside

    A new trailer shows off your favorite wrestlers in action.

    2K just released a new trailer today for WWE 2K20. This trailer, entitled "Step Inside," provides fans a look at the cover athletes of Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns. It also shows off some of the rest of the roster including Four Horsewomen, WWE Legends, new stars, and "a terrifying guest."

    There's also a little look at some of the pre-order bonus content, WWE 2K20 Originals: Bump in the Nig...
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  • Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

    Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

    The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

    You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.
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